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Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z: Assessment, Diagnosis...& More! / Edition 1

Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z: Assessment, Diagnosis...& More! / Edition 1

by Barbara T Doyle, Emily Doyle Iland


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ISBN-13: 9781932565072
Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Pages: 462
Product dimensions: 8.55(w) x 11.06(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Doyle is a Special Education professional with 32 years of experience in developmental disability services. She is a consultant in private practice, who is well known for her practical and positive approaches to addressing the needs of children and adults with disabilities, specializing in ASD.

Iland is the mother of Tom (who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder). She is paving a path to support her son in educational and social settings. She now actively advocates for professionals, families and children, sharing her knowledge and experience to support and inspire others. She is working on a variety of projects and is the California Representative of the Universtiy of Minnesota's Yes I Can Program for Social Inclusion.

Table of Contents

About the authors
Introduction from Emily
Introduction from Barbara
Purpose of the book
Terms used
Who this book is intended to help
Who should read this book?
Chapter One: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
The Diagnostic Process
Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD): the Umbrella Category
PDD and ASD Overlap and Are Often Used Interchangeably
Discussion of the Term "ASD"
Characteristics of ASD
Range of Effects
Table 1.1, The Range of Effects in ASD
Common Misperceptions About ASD
Implications of ASD
Learning Strengths and Areas of Difficulty of People with ASD
Chapter Summary
Chapter Two: Considerations in the Diagnosis of ASD
Recognizing the Need to Get a Professional Opinion
Making the Connection with ASD
Difficulty and Differences Using Diagnostic Terms
Differential Diagnosis
Barriers to Accurate Diagnosis: Not Recognizing Autism
ASD, By Many Other Names
"Labels" Within ASD
What Difference the Diagnosis Makes
Diagnostic Criteria, Explained
Autistic Disorder
Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Asperger Syndrome (AS)
AS and High Functioning Autism (HFA): Same or Different?
ASD and ADD Similarities
ASD and ADD Differences
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?
Questions to Ask
ADHD Criteria
ASD and Hyperlexia
ASD, Semantic Pragmatic Disorder and
Nonverbal Learning Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cognitive Disabilities
Chapter Summary
Chapter Three: Beginning the Process of Assessment and Diagnosis
Options in Diagnosis: Who Can Diagnose
The Role of the School System
The Role of the Parent
The Role of Adult Service Providers and Agencies
Options for Adults Referring Themselves for Diagnosis
Emotions and the Assessment Process
How Parents Can Help Professionals with the Diagnostic Process
Preparing a Written Personal History
Adults Piece the Puzzle Together
What to Include in the Developmental History
3.1 Matt’s Story
3.2 Laura’s Timeline
3.3 About Alex
The Role of Teachers
Chapter Summary
Chapter Four: The Assessment Process
What is an Assessment?
The Purpose of Assessment
4.1, The Assessment Cycle
Components of a Comprehensive Assessment
The Assessment Team
Challenges in the Assessment Process for Professionals, Parents and Individuals

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“What do you get when you combine experience, impeccable research and common sense into a new book for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their parents, and professionals who work with them? Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z, by Barbara Doyle and Emily Iland. A product of passion, punctuated with case studies of real life experiences and presented in an easy-to-read format, this is a must have book for every parent and professional new to ASD—and for those that have been around the block a few hundred times!”
Dennis Debbaudt, author of Autism, Advocates and Law Enforcement Professionals


“This is a masterpiece! Every parent and professional connected to a person with ASD will treasure the encyclopedic knowledge available in ASD from A to Z. Doyle and Iland have anticipated all the questions that might arise—from diagnosis through adulthood—in the life of a person with ASD. The information you need is presented with deep caring. It is as if a good and wise friend is there to guide you.”
Nancy Margulies, Counseling Psychologist, Award-winning educational author of Mapping Inner Space and Map It!, Maps Mindscapes and More, Brian's Brain, and Magic Seven


“Now the information that only a few 'experts' had access to is available to everyone. The various therapies and assessments are meshed into a readable, comprehensive whole. Parents will love this book! Thank you, Emily and Barbara!”
Rebeca Zavaleta, mother of a ten-year-old daughter with ASD


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